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U.S. halts training for new Afghan army recruits

September 3, 2012 The senior commander of Special Operations in Afghanistan has put to a halt training for all new Afghan recruits under his command until Afghan troops can be re-screened for ties to insurgent groups, according to The Washington Post. The move comes after a string of killings perpetrated by Afghan security ...

Romney camp strikes deal on delegates to avoid floor fight

August 28, 2012 The Romney campaign reached a deal on Monday with activists who were enraged by an attempt to change rules for delegate selection for the 2016 election, The New York Times reported. Last week, Romney’s lawyers had proposed a deal that would have given future presidential nominees power over who gets ...

Two U.S. soldiers killed by Afhgan army member

August 27, 2012 A member of the Afghan Army shot and killed two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan Monday as a dispute broke out during a joint raid by Afghans and Americans, The New York Times reported. Thus far this year, 42 coalition soldiers have been killed by Afghan police and military, including 12 ...

Navy SEAL to release tell-all on bin Laden raid

August 23, 2012 A new book penned by a Navy SEAL will offer a first-person account of the raid that took down Osama bin Laden, The New York Times reports. Penguin, the publisher of the book, would not say whether it sought approval, according to The Times. Spokespeople for both the Navy and ...

‘First dog’ Bo now on diet

August 22, 2012 President Obama revealed on Monday that Bo, the family dog, is on a diet, U.S. News & World Report reported. In an event with young winners from Michelle Obama’s healthy recipe competition, Obama warned those gathered “not to drop any scraps on the floor.” “Because Bo... Bo is on a ...

Afghanistan war has claimed 2,000 U.S. military

August 22, 2012 The war in Afghanistan has killed 2,000 U.S. military personnel since its inception, according to an analysis by The New York Times. It took nine years for the U.S. to reach 1,000 dead, but only 27 months to reach the next 1,000, according to The Times. The analysis includes deaths ...

GOP platform: No rape and incest exception for abortion

August 21, 2012 A draft platform for the Republican Party reaffirms its stance on abortion, and does not make an exception for rape or incest, CNN reports. "Faithful to the 'self-evident' truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a ...

Obama camp offers deal for five years of Romney taxes

August 17, 2012 Coming on the heels of Mitt Romney’s claim Thursday that he had paid at least a 13 percent rate on his taxes the past 10 years, the Obama campaign penned an open letter today, offering a deal if Romney releases five years tax returns. The letter, from campaign manager Jim ...

Obama: Biden 'chains' remarks no big deal

August 16, 2012 President Obama said Vice President Joe Biden's comment that Republicans economic policies will put people “back in chains” was being misunderstood and blown out of proportion, according to People magazine. Obama said that the comment should be looked at in context, and that Biden was saying that changing regulations on ...

Seven Americans die in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

August 16, 2012 A helicopter crash in Afghanistan has left 11 dead, including seven U.S. service members, NBC News reported. The Associated Press reports that four Afghans were among the dead. The helicopter was "totally destroyed" on impact, according to U.S. officials who spoke with NBC. NATO said that they are investigating the ...